3 more days until I see Paul in concert. This was in my email this morning:
Hi Lisa. Your event is happening soon!
When: Saturday, July 10, 2010 7:30pm
Where: AT & T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Today I'm going to focus on the first meetings of Paul with John, George, and Ringo.
Fifteen year old Paul met sixteen year old John Lennon July 6, 1957 via a friend they had in common, Ivan Vaughn, who knew they were both obsessed with rock and roll and thought they should meet. Paul taught John how to tune his guitar. Until then John had been paying a musically inclined neighbor to tune it for him.Paul joined John's group, The Quarrymen.
Paul first met George Harrison on the daily hour long bus ride to Mount School. They quickly became best friends and spent time at each other's homes which were one block apart in Liverpool. Soon after joining The Quarrymen, Paul began campainging to get George in the group even though George was only 14 years old at the time. While John was impressed with George's solo guitar capabilities he did not want a 14 year old in the group. George was persistant, showed up at every rehearsal, and followed John around for a month before he finally relented.
In August 1960, after several name changes, along with Stuart Sutcliff on bass and vocals and Pete Best on drums, they were officially known as The Beatles. They headed to Hamburg, Germany and honed their act. Stuart fell in love with Astrid Kirchherr while in Germany and decided to stay behind at the end of the tour. Paul was never very confident in Stuart's bass playing abilities and easily took on that roll when Stuart departed.
In July of 1961 The Beatles returned to Liverpool from Hamburg, Germany. Liverpool was a very fertile place for musicians and The Cavern became the spot to be heard. Ringo's first group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes played The Cavern frequently and The Beatles had also played with them during their tour in Hamburg. On May 9, 1962 George Martin, head of Parlophone Records offered The Beatles a contract and they stepped foot into Abbey Road studios for the first time on June 6, 1962. Unhappy with Pete Best's moody attitude during two days of recording, George Martin insisted on using a session drummer, Ringo Starr. It was a perfect fit.
Their first single, " Love Me Do" was released October 5, 1962.